Bellator president reveals attempt to marry ‘Spider’ vs Fedor fight – 09/23/2022

Bellator president reveals attempt to marry ‘Spider’ vs Fedor fight – 09/23/2022
Bellator president reveals attempt to marry ‘Spider’ vs Fedor fight – 09/23/2022

For years, Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko dominated MMA and were the main names in the sport. The specialized press even speculated that, at a given moment, the icons of the modality could face each other in a special fight, since they were not part of the same organization and category, but that did not happen. However, Scott Coker, president of Bellator, does not give up on the idea of ​​seeing ‘Spider’ facing ‘The Last Emperor’ still in the current season or in 2023.

When participating in the ‘Ringer MMA’ program, the top hat revealed that, when Anderson was released by the UFC, in 2020, he approached him, offered him a contract with Bellator and the duel with Fedor. However, the Brazilian chose to move away from the sport that consecrated him to dedicate himself to boxing. As the athlete expressed a desire to make his retirement fight in Japan, Coker showed interest in reaching out to him for the second time to make the meeting with the Russian a reality. It is worth noting that, like the São Paulo native, Emelianenko is in the final stretch of his career. Therefore, the promoter classifies the possible clash of veterans as fair and historic, even with those involved out of their prime.

“We offered him an MMA fight against Fedor. We didn’t even get serious, talk about numbers or anything like that, but there was definitely a contact on our part to see if there’s any interest. At the time, he wanted to focus on boxing. and see how far it could go. And you know what? For me, we can do it in Japan or we can do it at Madison Square Garden. Let’s do it big. This is the fight that everyone would love to see. GOAT number one vs GOAT number two Negotiating a category can be a little challenging, but I was like, ‘Let’s start the dialogue, let’s talk.’ It was a really quick conversation and a quick response, so I kind of put it aside. the top hat.

Anderson Silva, 47, is one of the most celebrated fighters in combat sports. At his peak in MMA, the Brazilian marked his time in the UFC. ‘Spider’ won the middleweight title (84 kg) shortly after his debut with the company and defended it ten times. No wonder the veteran is considered by the mixed martial arts community the greatest name in the history of the modality. His main triumphs were against Chael Sonnen (twice), Dan Henderson, Demian Maia, Derek Brunson, Forrest Griffin, Nate Marquardt, Rich Franklin (twice), Stephan Bonnar, Thales Leites, Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami.

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